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incapacitated

[in-kuh-pas-i-tey-tid] /ˌɪn kəˈpæs ɪˌteɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
unable to act, respond, or the like (often used euphemistically when one is busy or otherwise occupied):
He can't come to the phone now—he's incapacitated.
Origin of incapacitated
1795-1805
1795-1805; incapacitate + -ed2

incapacitate

[in-kuh-pas-i-teyt] /ˌɪn kəˈpæs ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), incapacitated, incapacitating.
1.
to deprive of ability, qualification, or strength; make incapable or unfit; disable.
2.
Law. to deprive of the legal power to act in a specified way or ways.
Origin
1650-60; incapacit(y) + -ate1
Related forms
incapacitation, noun
Synonyms
1. cripple, handicap, sideline.
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  • A warped shaft had incapacitated the automatic elevator, so he climbed three flights of stairs and found Aleta packing.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • Bell took his place; he too was suffering, but not so much as to be incapacitated.

  • The Lex Bæbia incapacitated him who gave a bribe to obtain office from filling any office for ten years.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II Aubrey Stewart & George Long
  • On the incapacitated German soldier every possible care is bestowed.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • I was afraid he would fall ill, and thus be incapacitated for the performance of his duty.

British Dictionary definitions for incapacitated

incapacitate

/ˌɪnkəˈpæsɪˌteɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
2.
to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility
Derived Forms
incapacitation, noun
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Word Origin and History for incapacitated

incapacitate

v.

1650s, from incapacity + -ate. Related: Incapacitated; incapacitating.

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